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Elizabeth Zvonar: Cracks in the Clockwork

February 15, 2024 - May 26, 2024

Second Floor

Elizabeth Zvonar. History, Influence, New Bag, 2022, Courtesy of the artist and The Daniel Faria Gallery. Photo by Rachel Topham


Cracks in the Clockwork presents Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar’s sculptural and collage works alongside artworks and furniture from Art Windsor-Essex’s collection.

Zvonar’s collages, which layer images from fine art catalogues, fashion magazines, and other popular print materials, create new meanings through playful juxtaposition. These works form unexpected relationships between familiar things, and fracture relationships between things that once seemed natural or inevitable. Zvonar’s sculptures often show everyday objects—purses, receipts, shoes, gloves—recast with precious materials. Uniting all Zvonar’s work is a sense of exploration and imagination, curiosity and play.

Cracks in the Clockwork refers to how the interior cogs of a clock might break down in keeping proper time. It could also refer to a failure of some thing or event to operate with mechanical regularity. With associative wit and contrast, this exhibition upends received ideas of art history, showing the cracks in the narratives and collections we’ve inherited. 

About the artist: Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2002), after having studied at Capilano University, North Vancouver; Aichi Gakusen University, Toyota City, Japan (1994); and Hokkaido University of Art & Design, Sapporo, Japan (1996). Solo exhibitions include SFU Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2022); Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver (2020); Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2018); Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (2017); and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009). Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2022); Vancouver Art Gallery (2021; 2019); Musée d’Art de Joliette (2020); Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2018); and the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017). Zvonar has participated in residencies at Malaspina Printmakers and the Banff Centre, and was the City of Vancouver Artist in Residence from 2012-2015. She has received numerous awards including the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award, and was a finalist for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in 2016. Her work is included in the 2023 Phaidon publication Vitamin C+ Collage in Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Vancouver. 

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